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party was in trouble. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> michael: the senate is still wrangling over chuck hagel's confirmation for defense secretary, but this morning harry reid does in the have the 60 votes to overcome a republican filibuster. he needs five republican votes but so far he only has two, mike johanns of nebraska and thad cochrane of mississippi. so he took his colleagues to task in his own soft-spoken way. >> it's tragic that they've decided to filibuster this qualified nominee. it is really unfortunate. >> michael: you know, reid is of course not totally off the hook. he didn't push filibuster reform through earlier this year even though it looked like he had the chance to do so. but the ludicrous part of this whole thing is the reason why republicans are giving for opposing hagel is bengahzi. that this was a cover up after the ambassador was killed. they're alleging that chuck hagel was involved. not only is that a stretch but chuck hagel oversee something like this. they dignified the response. after both lindsey graham and john mccain said they were largely satisfied accordin
chance to stand in the way of chuck hagel taking over as defense secretary. >> are there any senators wishing to vote or change their votes? if not the ayes, 58. nays 41. the nomination is confirmed. >> michael: four republicans crossed party lines to join senate democrats in confirming hagel. according to "the new york times," the 58-41 margin is the smallest for a defense secretary since the position was created in 1947. four days ago hagel's nomination seemed indoubt with the filibuster from negative. harry reid blamed the delay with republicans playing politics with national defense. >> it's time to set aside this partisanship. the pentagon needs a seasoned leader to implement cuts. u.n. the 12 days since the filibuster not one single thing has changed. not one. yet republicans had to have their filibuster for make their pointless partisan point. they are children. the president's pick for treasury secretary will have a he'dier time. approved the nomination of jacob lew. the vote after a three-hour confirmation hearing with he was pressed just a little bit about working sat citigr
along party lines to move chuck hagel's defense secretary nomination to the full senator. the senator combat veteran and wildly successful businessman will need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster from his own party. here is leader mitch mcconnell mcconnell's logic. >> sometimes you want to kill a nomination. there are a number of members of the committee who feel that the quest for information has not yet been met. >> michael: is that guy ever ever smiled? he said he has not disclosed more of his income. harry reid said he's planning to build a vote for hagel later on this week. in other nominations reid seems to be playing air traffic controller. >> we need to get to brennan. we have jack lew. we have cordray and getting that done. >> michael: those are read anything but smooth sailing. we have l. joy williams and joe williams, in case you're wondering they're not related. i thank both williamss for being here. >> so far as we know. >> michael: we got to bond this right away guys. we got to brand it right away. joe, i want to talk to you about chuck hagel main republican senator repor
are answering biden's call for political courage. and finally now we move to the chuck hagel nomination. one week later chuck hagel's nomination to lead the defense department this are encouraging signs that he might get a vote after all. richard shelby said he's now supporting his colleague's nominations. it's not all good. texas senator john cornyn demanding to withdraw hagel's nomination. 15 others signed on that letter but not john mccain. it appears that headacheel will have the 60 votes to get past the filibuster and the 50 needed to be confirm: we're going head out to the political front where president obama's stock with the public continues to rise looming sequester cuts notwithstanding. and then a documentary that says, remember us? a hook at whose lives are still upside down because of the economic crisis. and later, 50 years after the birmingham church bombing we'll talk to the prosecutor whose life mission became bringing those responsible to justice. it's "the war room" on thursday night and we'll be right back. is is >> michael: we're back inside the car room. i'm michael sh
: i'mture chuck hagel would like one of those pentagon-brewed beers. let's talk about hagel. he is calling for cuts to the defense budget. republicans have just skewed him with it. and how will he do with that? >> there is some concern in how chuck hagel will work with those on capitol hill. you have heard the chairman of the house armed services committee say he doesn't want chuck hagel to be confirmed. he think president obama needs to put up someone new. but it is likely he will be confirmed in a very hostile, tense environment where he is working in the constraints of the military. >> michael: and you can see it happening. juana summers defense reporter for "politico." thanks for being in "the war room." >> thank you. >> michael: up next, when last we left the meddling koch brothers their scheme to overtake democracy has been foiled. but they were bound to pop up again in the next season. stick around. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let
's confirmation as secretary of state, and even slammed kerry as well as chuck hagel for bean anti-military even though both of them serve honorably while cruz spent his formertive years strolling the leafy campuses of princeton and harvard. here he is shapelessly bashing kerry and haig. >> well, we have two pending nominations. john kerry, chuck hagel. both of whom are very prominently less than ardent fans of the u.s. military. >> michael: unbelievable. after those comments even senator john mccain told him to tone it down. and mccain has bipartisan support on this one. democratic senators dianne feinstein and claire mccaskill compared him to joseph mccarthy who accused american citizens of being communist. but toning it down is not in his repertoire. he was at it again. just to give you flavor for the place, this is the poster for larue tactical where the senator chose to call president obama's gun control initiatives wrong. those are mild from what he said in the past. cruz argued that the gun show loophole does not exist. he's a loophole truther. >> there actually isn't the so-called gun sh
or not he'll follow through on that, i'm not sure. he has the power to do it. chuck hagel is in a precarious position. he did a bad job in that confirmation hearing. he came unprepared and left a lot of questions in a lot of people's minds. he's sort of open game for the republicans a little bit at this point. whether they really really, really really do this and mount a filibuster, which has never been done, the democrats, you know the people point to john tower back in 1989, but the democrats didn't filibuster john tower, they voted against him and defeated him. whether the republicans in the minority actually filibuster a presidential nomination for defense secretary that would be unprecedented and quite surprising and very controversial. >> i personally don't think it's going to happen. his performance was not good, but i don't think it had anything to do with that. i think there were minds made up before they got there. i think this is what, you know, is part of republican dog in a now. i think it's really the big problem that they have is that their minds are made up before they get th
they will use up every last minute. chuck hagel wasn't exactly radiant his first day on the job. >> budget, sequestration, i don't need to dwell on all of the good news there. that's a reality. we need to figure this out. >> we certainly do. jack lew was confirmed as treasury secretary today. now to the news on guns and capitol hill where emotions are running high and rightfully so. they held a hearing to examine banning assault weapons. this is senator dianne feinstein's big push. >> i'm a bit frustrated that we say one thing, how important it is, but in the real world we absolutely do nothing to enforce the laws on the books. now let's -- >> senator -- >> how many cases -- >> you know what it doesn't matter -- i want to stop -- i want to finish the answer -- >> no. >> i want to stop 76,000 people from buying guns illegally, if you think we're going to do paperwork prosecutions, you are wrong. >> michael: i love that. i love seeing someone go after lindsey graham. the anger and distrust were quickly followed by something sad. here is neil heslin who lost his six-yea
. >> chuck hagel, they have the 60 votes, but we're not really ready to have a vote yet. we're going to wait a few days. >> those are atmospheres. when it comes to the economics they're going to have to deliver something. mid elections we knew people could come from out of nowhere. once you have a do-nothing congress citizens think if you're not doing anything, i can go there and not do something too. if they don't do something they'll be fired and likely primaries in some of those seats. that's how we won some of those seats. they will have to do something. the revenue stuff they can get done. they can solve a problem and avoid the sequester taking the deal from the president numbers from summon simpson-bowles. i think you'll see help for homeowners because so many districts are underwater. michael: you think they're going to get the $9 minimum wage? >> they'll attach it to something bigger and we'll make it too hot to handle for them. the speaker is wrongly advised. michael: right. >> because the information they gave him today was that it hurts jobs, but that's actually not true. michael:
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